A note from our President...
There have been some interesting developments in dentistry and periodontology already this year. We have seen the release of the NHS Long Term Plan and more coverage of issues related to diet and caries, periodontal diseases and systemic disease, and NHS availability. Although it was very disappointing to see that periodontal disease was not mentioned in the NHS plan it was good to see that there was an emphasis on prevention and for the delivery of care to vulnerable groups. We are continuing to try to work to promote improved periodontal care provision for all, with associated health benefits and improved quality of life. This month sees the Joint Workshop on Periodontology and Cardiovascular disease being held in Spain by EFP and the World Heart Federation – there is representation from the UK, and this may help broaden the awareness of research findings on this relationship to professionals and the public.
Within Council we have been working on updating membership records, liaising with other specialist groups and planning events for the year ahead (and also for 2020!). We are hoping to have a presence at the BDA / Dentistry Show at the NEC as well as other events in 2019. The final preparations are being made for the Brighton meeting in April. Alongside preparations for our 70th Anniversary event in June: more details will be available soon.
Finally, we are preparing for Gum Health Day on May 12th. This has gone from a European to a Global Event and carries the title “Healthy gums, beautiful smile”. Details are here: http://www.efp.org/events/european-gum-health-day/index.html Gum health day is also the day before the start of National Smile Month (http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/) – a good opportunity to bring the two events together in your clinical environment.
26 February 2019